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Aalto University School of Business

The Business of Culture

Nov 27, 2019—May 15, 2020
9 daysModules info
Copenhagen, Denmark
EUR 20000 ≈USD 22451
EUR 2222 per day

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The Business of Culture Program is an executive program for leaders from the arts and culture sector in the Nordic and Baltic regions. The program is tailored to enrich and develop participants’ understanding of how effective leadership, management, and networking can transform their organizations. It equips leaders and executives with strategies and tools to effectively advance their organizations.

This is a joint program with Gothenburg University School of Executive Education, and in cooperation with the Nationalmuseum - the largest art and design museum in Sweden.

The program will draw on the multiple perspectives – innovation, leadership, design, and strategy – of an organization engaging in future processes to explore potential change in arts, culture, and creativity.


Join the program to build your business acumen and contribute to finding unique ways for art and culture institutions to stay relevant and have a greater impact on society. Meet and network with other leaders and experts and explore new and innovative concepts.

Who should attend

The program is designed for professionals working in arts and culture organizations in Nordic and Baltic countries. The applicant should be in a leadership position and highly motivated to take their skills to the next level. The program is for dynamic experts who are eager to grow as leaders and are enthusiastic in embracing and living the business of culture. We are seeking both young and seasoned practitioners to stimulate cross-fertilization of ideas, insights, and experience.


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Johan Magnusson, PhD, is an associate professor at the Department of Applied IT, University of Gothenburg. There he acts as head of the division for information systems, and as a co-director for the Swedish Center for Digital Innovation. He has a background in management accounting and devotes h...
Sanne Kofod Olsen is Dean at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at Gothenburg University since 2018 and was before that the Vice-Chancellor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts/Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen. Since 2005 she has been the executive manager at Funen Art Aca...
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